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Journalism Researcher

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Are you ready to embark on a career in journalism?  Are you eager to get on the job training as part of a small but dynamic team of journalists serving our audience in Orkney?  Are you a self-starter and self-reliant?  If so, we want to hear from you.

Role Responsibility

BBC Radio Orkney is one of two community stations in Scotland. It broadcasts around one and a half hours of news and community programmes five days a week. The team also produce news and features for BBC Scotland across Radio, TV and Digital services.


This job will involve learning how to find news stories and bring them to our local and national audiences.  You will learn how to report on a wide range of local news, write material for programmes and how to exercise editorial judgement.  Training will be given into how to broadcast live.  You will get experience in working with freelance contributors to make long form speech and music programmes. Ideally you will already be adept at social media, and learn how to produce content for BBC Scotland’s news website and for the Radio Orkney social media account.


Are you the right candidate?

We are looking for someone who is driven and committed to producing news stories and content which are compelling and relevant to the community in Orkney. You must demonstrate your potential to create original, exciting programme stories. 

You will have confidence and tenacity to pursue information, overcome obstacles and pitch ideas to senior colleagues.  You must be able to work independently as well as part of a team; be self-motivated; adaptable; able to work effectively under pressure; react quickly and meet tight deadlines.


Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: 12 month FTC 
Location: Orkney

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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